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Citadel News Service
28 Aug 2008

Computer Science program receives accreditation

The Citadel’s bachelor’s degree program in Computer Science has been accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET Inc., the recognized accreditor of college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering and technology. ABET accreditation demonstrates a program’s commitment to providing its students with a quality education.

“ABET’s seal of approval is a well-deserved recognition of the quality of our program, the dedication of our Computer Science faculty, and the commitment of The Citadel to provide a rigorous and up-to-date education in a field that is vital to our nation’s economic well-being and security,” according to Dean Charles Groetsch of The Citadel’s School of Science and Mathematics.

Accreditation is a voluntary, peer-review process that requires programs to undergo comprehensive, periodic evaluations. The evaluations - conducted by volunteer professionals working in industry, government, academe, and private practice within the ABET disciplines - focus on program curricula, faculty, facilities and institutional support.

“For more than two decades our undergraduate Computer Science program has produced outstanding technical professionals and leaders in the field of computing,” said John Moore, head of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science. “ABET accreditation provides national recognition of the efforts of our faculty and the quality of our graduates.”

In addition to providing colleges and universities a structured mechanism to evaluate and improve programs, accreditation also helps students and their parents choose quality college programs, enables employers and graduate schools to recruit graduates they know are well-prepared, and is used by registration, licensure and certification boards to screen applicants.

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